Banana Salsa

Avocados, at some of the stores, were going up to 70 cents each, what! Now,  when I came to market, I happily asked the woman, “Are avocados still five for a dollar, like last week?” She nodded. “No, honey, ” her husband answered, ” They’re six for a dollar.this week. ” I thought i caught the tiniest bit of a glare from the woman, Could’ve been my imagination. “Seven for a dollar?” I asked their son, to cut the silence. They all laughed.

Avos and BananaaRecipe for the Day – Banana Salsa

Ingredients:

1 large firm banana or plantain, peeled and diced

1/3 c.  red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/3 c.  green bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/2 c.  yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced

3 T.  chopped fresh cilantro

2 green onions, chopped

2 T.  fresh lime juice

1 T. panela, or coconut sugar

2 tsp. minced fresh ginger

2 tap.  olive oil

1 pinch pepper and salt to taste
Directions:
Mix together all in a bowl; season with salt. Serve within 1 hour. Chill.

Word/Phrase of the Day – Cuanto es?- How much is it?

Tip of the Day – This is great on top of rice, veggies, or mixed with guacomole!

 

No-Bake Almond Rice Cookies

As Jose, El Maestro (the head foreman) left today, he did what he does, occasionally, and walks around the house, having the workers wait for him as he checks that I have everything I need. “Jose,” I can’t find the water handles to the water supply anymore! (I have one for city water and one for irrigation.) And he uncovered the the dirt areas and “voila,” there they were! (He put them there nine months ago, so I knew he’d know where they were.) I thought maybe he’d moved them. They do that with the water pipes all the time. Then he checked my propane containers, and sure enough, there was zero gas left in the one that gives hot water to the house. Wow! How did he know it was time to look at it! So I asked the worker leaving for lunch if he’d bring me one after his lunch hour, and he brought me out a new one filled with gas ($2.50 for me, every 2 months or so), and took the old one away. Thanks for not letting me have a cold shower tonight, Jose and Franklin!

Here’s another gluten-free, great-for-you, anti-candida, whole-foods vegan recipe, that even Tiko and Cuko can eat! I wanted something interesting to do with my leftover rice!

Recipe of the Day: No-Bake Almond Rice Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/4 c. brown rice

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c. almond butter (or peanut butter)

1/3 c. coconut syrup

1 T. coconut oil

1 T. chia seed soaked in 3 Tab. water (replaces the egg)

1 pinch vanilla powder

1/4 c. coconut crystals/Stevia powder

1/2 tsp.  cinnamon

pinch of ginger

Chocolate Syrup:

1/4 c. cacao/carob powder

1 T.. water

pinch salt

2 drops olive oil

Directions: Mix together all ingredients for the cookies. Continue to mix until you can form 1 inch balls with hands – if the dough is too crumbly to stick together, add a bit more oil, almond butter or syrup until it comes together a bit more.  Flatten balls and press with a fork. For the chocolate syrup – stir ingredients. Drizzle over cookies. Chill or  you may bake these, as well! 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

Word of the Day: arroz – rice

arroz integral – brown rice

Tip of the Day: Add a little sweetness to your day with a low-glycemic sweetener like Stevia, which is grown here. You can buy or grow your own Stevia plants, then dry and powder the leaves in your food processor. So easy to have your own stevia powder!

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